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Deadline approaching for NXT City design competition

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A young designer with degrees in urban planning and landscape architecture had the idea of transforming Yonge Street between Queen and College into a more pedestrian-friendly boulevard. In his vision, the street would have no curbs, plenty of public seating, performance spaces, more space for outdoor restaurant seating, and a unique ambiance that would distinguish it from all other streets. His idea, called Yonge Redux, was good enough to win the NXT City prize in 2014, a design competition dreamed up by urban think tank Distl and sponsored by the city. According to Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat, that designer’s ideas for Yonge Street are now “being advanced” through the ... Read More »

Toronto BIM session declared a success, adoption still lagging

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How does construction management software mitigate project risk? What are the benefits of visualization technologies in explaining architectural design to clients? How is facility management adapting to the world of digital business and smart connected products? How can 3D printing be used to test designs and other aspects of production in future manufacturing/fabrication scenarios? These are just a few of the intriguing questions that were dealt with at last week’s Building Information Management (BIM) conference in Toronto, hosted by the Canada BIM Council, or CanBIM. The event was a big success, CanBIM reports, with “record-breaking attendance” and an impressive roster of presenters, panelists and exhibitors. Siamik Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects ... Read More »

Eglinton Crosstown builders announced

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The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line reached another milestone today as the Ontario government announced it has chosen the group that will build it. Crosslinx Transit Solutions, a consortium comprising EllisDon, ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon, SNC-Lavalin, and Dragados Canada, was selected as the “preferred proponent.” Details of the contract, which has not been finalized, will be revealed this summer, according to a statement from Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. The Eglinton Crosstown will run for nineteen kilometres across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis in the west end (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station in the east end, with twenty-five stations and stops. It will include a ten-kilometre underground portion between Keele ... Read More »

Developers call for Gardiner East tear-down

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The tear-down-the-Gardiner Expressway movement received a powerful boost today from a coalition of Toronto’s biggest developers and investors. Under the name “CityBuilders,” the group sent a letter to all city councillors, calling on them to vote against the mayor next week when the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner comes to a vote. The CityBuilders want to see it removed, and the “boulevard” option implemented. This would see the existing elevated portion east of Jarvis Street demolished and Lakeshore Boulevard widened to eight lanes. One member, Alfredo Romano, spoke for the group in a press release, saying that tearing down the Gardiner East would be removing the barrier ... Read More »

City workers overpaid by $3.4 billion, small business group claims

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The lobby group that speaks for small business in Canada says that municipal workers in this country are overpaid and cities spend beyond their means. The average municipal government worker earns $6.43 more per hour than private sector counterparts, a wage gap of 22 per cent, says a report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). With benefits included, the salary advantage for Toronto municipal employees is an even higher 26 per cent. These “excess” wages and benefits cost taxpayers $3.4 billion per year, the group says, money that could be spent on infrastructure, or given back to Canadians as tax cuts. The CFIB statement comes just before the ... Read More »

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